Tops category in Nonfiction Content: Feature – Current Affairs or Investigations
Memories of a Penitent Heart named finalist in same category; POV also named finalist in series category
New York, N.Y. — May 10, 2018 — Almost Sunrise, which premiered in 2017 as part of POV’s 30th season, won the the 61st CINE Golden Eagle Award for Professional Media in the category of “Nonfiction Content: Feature – Current Affairs or Investigations.” Memories of a Penitent Heart, another Season 30 film, was also named as a finalist in the same category, while POV as a series was named as a finalist in the category of “Nonfiction Content: Series/Mini-Series – Episodes of 30:01 minutes or longer.” The winners of the award will be honored at CINE Celebrates receptions in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., this fall.
Last year, two films from POV’s 29th season were finalists for CINE’s 60th Golden Eagle Awards. The Return and Hooligan Sparrow were both nominated in the “Nonfiction Content/Feature – Current Affairs or Investigations” category. CINE (Council on International Non-Theatrical Events) was created in 1957 as a public-private partnership with the USIA branch of the State Department, and has since recognized achievements in professional, independent and student-made media.
About Almost Sunrise by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco:
In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Almost Sunrise is an intimate, vérité film that eschews stereotypes and instead captures an unprecedented portrait of veterans — one of hope, potential and untold possibilities.
Credits for Almost Sunrise: Director: Michael Collins; Producer: Marty Syjuco; Executive Producers: Chris Sheridan & Patty Kim, Peter Cooper & Suparna Bhasin; Editor: Eric Daniel Metzgar; Executive Producers for POV: Justine Nagan, Chris White
About Memories of a Penitent Heart by Cecilia Aldarondo:
Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family’s past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. As she searches for Miguel’s partner decades later, the film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).
Credits for Memories of a Penitent Heart: Director, Producer, Writer: Cecilia Aldarondo; Cinematographer: Brennan Vance; Editor: Hannah Buck; Executive Producer: Esther Robinson; Producer: Patricia Benabe; Associate Producers: Matthew Romanelli, Nylda Aldarondo-Jeffries, Virginia Thompson; Music: Angélica Negrón; Executive Producers for POV: Justine Nagan, Chris White
Credits for POV: POV series credits: Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White; Vice President, Content Strategy and Engagement: Eliza Licht; Associate Producer: Nicole Tsien; Coordinating Producer: Nikki Heyman
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.
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